James Watson

Director of Music Programs

James Watson  

Jim Watson is the Director of Music Programs, working as head of both the choral and instrumental ensembles. He conducts the Chamber Singers, the Choral Union, and the Yellow Jacket Band at Defiance, while remaining active in the classroom. He finished the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting at the University of South Carolina, where he served as Instructor of Music Theory and Choral Ensemble Assistant. Before coming to USC, he served as the music department head at a secondary school in southeast Michigan. Equally comfortable leading both vocal and instrumental ensembles, his choirs and bands consistently received superior distinction at district and state festivals.

Jim is active as adjudicator, clinician, and scholar. His broad research interests include choral repertoire selection and gender issues in conducting. He presented workshops at the Michigan Music Conference, Midwest Christian Educator's Convention, South Carolina Independent School Association, and assisted at the American Choral Directors Association Southern Division Conference.

Jim is also a church musician, serving churches in Michigan and South Carolina. His philosophy of education aligns with Defiance College's commitment to service. His goals include cultivating intellectual curiosity while providing ensemble experiences that are consistently recognized for excellence.


Jim Watson, D.M.A.
Director of Music Programs
Phone: 419-783-2331
Email:  jwatson@defiance.edu